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Author Topic: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!  (Read 3260 times)

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Offline S.P.

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Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« on: September 28, 2014, 02:38:23 PM »
I've been trying to tackle the problem of how uncomfortable (painful) my leather seats are. Sitting in them for more than 30mins starts to wreak havoc on my lower back. I've considered switching them out entirely for an aftermarket set, but figured I might as well try a foamectomy first. Here's some things I learned from my experience:

When peeling the covers away from front of the seat, use caution. The velcro attachemnt is very strong, but the backing is glued to the seat foam and will rip off very easily. Also, don't attempt to pick the foam out with your fingers. One such area I screwed up is circled.



The seat covers and foam should be fully removed from the seat frame before starting the job. I used a dremel to grind away the foam and this created an absolute mess that got into every crevice of the seat. Problem was exacerbated by the fact that my hand vacuum is a POS.



I grinded off the hump at the edge of the seat where the thighs rest. Never liked how it elevated my legs slightly. Tall people looking for more headroom could probably remove some foam from the middle area to sit deeper into the seat.



I removed a lot of foam from the center section. The side bolsters feel a little bit tighter now; like I'm sitting more between them instead of on top of them. Also removed the foam bar that was pushing into lower back (circled). Oddly enough, removing that piece has made the seat less painful now (still wouldn't call it comfortable) and would explain why JPM's lumbar bladder never did anything for me.



Only downside is that, of course, the leather doesn't have as tight a fit anymore. A small trade-off to make some terrible seats tolerable.

 

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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2014, 12:16:07 AM »
Replace it with memory foam.
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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2014, 01:32:57 AM »
I've considered doing that with either foam or gel. I might even removal all padding and just put minimal foam pads around the seat frame bars and bolsters. After I removed the stock padding, I threw the leather cover over top of the frame and went for a spin; it was surpringly comfortable. The seat frame itself looks pretty cool in a spartan kind of way.

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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2014, 06:34:41 AM »
The seat frame itself looks pretty cool in a spartan kind of way.


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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2014, 10:35:23 AM »
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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2014, 11:04:34 AM »
That's Shiny right?
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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2014, 08:43:38 AM »
You mentioned there is some slack in the leather now. Could you take a pic to show how much.
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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2014, 06:29:14 PM »
That's not a very nice thing to suggest about Shiny, nor an appropriate request for a picture!

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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2014, 08:20:24 PM »
You don't think she is up for it?
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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2020, 08:31:36 PM »
Forgive me please, I'm the FNG.  You referenced some pics, but I'm too short bus to figure out where the pics are hiding.  Can you help this window licker please!
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Re: Foamectomy- Not just for Miatas!
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2020, 09:51:48 AM »
KentuckyKeith, many of the older posts were created with people uploading pictures to photo hosting sites. Many of those sites have either gone out of business or the pictures were only hosted free for a year at which time they are no longer available. Unfortunately that is what has happened in this case.
What it it you are trying to accomplish? Maybe we can point you to information in another thread that would be useful to you.
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